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Secunda etas mundi [World map]

Author: Schedel, Hartmann
Publisher: Koberger, A.
Date: 1493
Location: Eastern Hemisphere

Dimensions: 31.0 x 44.0 cm.
Scale: Scale not given
Call Number: MAPPING BOSTON COLLECTION

 
DESCRIPTION

Although published just as news of Christopher Columbus' discoveries was beginning to spread, this was the last noteworthy world map to be produced without any indication of the New World. This depiction of the Old World was fanciful, and unlike earlier Ptolemaic maps, contained little detail.

The text and wood cut illustrations, including this world map, which appeared in the Nuremberg Chronicle, were an amalgam of legend, fancy, and tradition interspersed with occasional scientific fact. For example the world map is supported by three biblical figures Ham, Shem, and Japhet while the marginal panel consists of exotic figures believed to exist in foreign lands.

The physical item is not available at the Boston Public Library.

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